by Marvin D. Patterson

Joseph: The Godly Father
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 1:18-24

I recently read of a father who walked into a shoe store and asked for a pair of shoes, size 8. The obviously well trained salesman says, ''But sir, you take at least an 11 or an 11 ½.'' The man replied, ''Just bring me a size eight.'' The sales guy brings them and the man stuffs his feet into them and stands up in obvious pain. He turns to the salesman and says, ''I've lost my houseto the I.R.S., I live with my mother-in-law, my daughter ran off with my best friend, and my business has filed Chapter 7. The only pleasure I have left is to come home at night and take my shoes off.''

As you know there is a grave difference between a 'father' and a 'Dad!' And, of course being a 'dad' is not an easy chore. I was recently humored by an article entiled, ''Fathers: Then and Now.'' It reads:
-In 1900, a father's horsepower meant his horses; today, it's the size of his minivan.
-In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family's head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, a deck, a pool and a 4-car garage. And, that just the vacation home.
-In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived. Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure film is in the video camera.
-In 1900, fathers passed on clothing to their sons. Today, kids wouldn't touch Dad's clothes if they were sliding naked down an icicle.
-In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today, fathers pray their kids will come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer, and set the VCR.
-In 1900, fathers pined for old country Romania, Italy or Russia. Today, fathers pine for old country Hank Williams.
-In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table. Today, a father comes home to a note: ''Jimmy's at baseball; Cindy's at gymnastics; I'm at adult-Ed; Pizza in fridge!''

There are times that being a father ...

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